HC Deb 17 May 1915 vol 71 c2088

Order for Second Reading read.

The SECRETARY for SCOTLAND (Mr. McKinnon Wood)

I beg to move, "That the Bill be now read the second time."

We have had representations made to us by police authorities in Scotland that the present restrictions as to age and period of employment of special constables have been found inconvenient. It is proposed therefore to remove for the time being the age limit and also the provision that the appointment should be for a period not exceeding six months, and to allow the appointment to be made for a longer period if desired. That is the whole object of the Bill, and it will be a convenience in Scotland if the House will allow me to get all its stages to-night.

Question put, and agreed to.

Bill read the third time.

Resolved, "That this House will immediately resolve itself into Committee on the said Bill."—[Mr. McKinnon Wood.]

Bill accordingly considered in Committee.